WALES Under-20 head coach Darren Edwards has insisted he is close to selecting his first-choice side after revealing his side to face Ireland at Parc y Scarlets on Friday night (7.10pm).
Edwards has made four changes to the side who beat Italy 46-15.
Aberavon’s Ben John joins Owen Williams in the centre, Rhodri Jones replaces Rob Evans at loosehead prop, Matthew Screech comes in for Pontypridd teammate Cory Hill at lock and flanker Luke Hamilton starts on the open side in place of Callum Thomas.
“With this selection, we are pretty close to our strongest side,” said Edwards.
“But there are still a few places up for grabs where players have been given some extra game time to prove themselves.
“Our main aim is to keep up the momentum we have shown in our games so far in this championship.”
Wales are looking to build on the victory in Italy which was achieved despite having a red card issued to prop Will Taylor, who is free to play against Ireland.
“Even when we have been down to 14 men, we have played a high-tempo, running rugby and we want to maintain that on Friday,” added Edwards.
“Like us, Ireland have beaten Scotland and Italy so far and despite a home loss to France, they will be a well-drilled side.
“Our aim is to win the match and we believe we can do that if we perform to our potential.”
There is also added spice to this contest because Ireland Under-20s are coached by former Wales boss Mike Ruddock.
Steve Shingler (Scarlets/Llanelli); Adam Warren (Llandovery), Ben John (Ospreys/Aberavon), Owen Williams (Blues/Cardiff), Harry Robinson (Blues); Matthew Morgan (Ospreys/Swansea), Lewis Jones (Pontypridd); Rhodri Jones (Scarlets/Llanelli), Kirby Myhill (Scarlets/Llanelli), Will Taylor (Ospreys/Swansea), Macauley Cook (capt, Blues/Cardiff), Matthew Screech (Blues/Pontypridd), Edward Siggery (Pontypridd), Luke Hamilton (Blues/Glam Wands), Ben Thomas (Ospreys/Bridgend).
Reps: Sam Parry (Llandovery), Rob Evans (Scarlets/Carm Quins), Cory Hill (Blues/Pontypridd), Owen Sheppeard (Blues/Pontypridd), Jonathan Evans (Dragons/Newport), Rheon James (Carm Quins), Joseff Griffin (Blues/Cardiff).